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Longtime Republicans differ on election

By Chris Outcalt


AVON ” Bernadine Yorke is a lifelong Republican. But this year she plans to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

Yorke spent the primary season searching for a Republican candidate she could support. She never found one, and until a few weeks ago, was still undecided.

She’s uncomfortable with Sen. John McCain’s age, but it was his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate that Yorke called the tipping point.

She made up her mind soon after McCain announced Palin would join him on the ticket ” she was voting for Obama.

“If something happened and she took over ” I think it’s scary,” Yorke said. “She’s too young and too inexperienced.”

“It sounds like you’re talking about Obama,” said Yorke’s longtime friend, Judie Snook.

Despite their political differences the pair enjoyed their Saturday morning coffee together in Avon.

Snook has been a republican since voting for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and has no plans to change that. She supports McCain and said she’s been impressed with Sarah Palin.

“I think she’s a very gutsy lady,” said Snook, who cited Palin’s experience as governor of a large state as a positive.

Snook said she was pleased with Palin’s performance in Thursday’s vice Presidential debate ” the only time the Alaskan governor and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden will debate prior to the election.

“I thought she held her own,” Snook said. “I thought she would have done a lot worse.”

Snook said she only watched part of the debate ” which drew a record 70 million viewers ” but followed the analysis on Fox News.

“That tells you everything,” Yorke said. “She watches Fox News.”

“It’s fair and balanced,” said Snook, who felt Biden was overconfident in the debate.

The two friends did agree on one thing ” this year’s election is an important one given the economic and foreign policy issues facing the country.

“There’s never been one like it,” Yorke said.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.

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